IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019

IBPS Clerk 2019 Vacancy

The total number vacancies for IBPS Clerk 2019 will be released with its official notification. IBPS introduced 7275 vacancies for IBPS Clerk 2018-19 Recruitment. We expect the vacancy to be of the same order for IBPS Clerk 2019 as well.

IBPS Clerk Exam Dates 2019

You must note down important dates related to IBPS Clerk Exam 2019 and make sure that you complete the process correctly on time. The schedule of the exam is mentioned below:

Activity Dates
IBPS Clerk Notification to be announced
Conduct of Online Examination - Preliminary 07th, 08th, 14th & 15th December 2019
Result of Online Exam – Preliminary to be announced
Download of Call letter for Online Exam – Main to be announced
Conduct of Online Examination – Main 25th January 2020
Declaration of Final Result 1st to be announced

IBPS Clerk 2019 Recruitment

The recruitment process of IBPS Clerk CWE occurs in two phases:

1. Preliminary Examination

2. Mains Examination

Students are required to qualify both these exams to get selected for the post of clerical cadre in most of the premier Public Sector Banks. The main thing to note here is that there is no interview process required for the selection of candidate after the mains exam. 100% weightage is given to the result of mains exam result.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk exam occurs in two stages: Prelims and Mains. Both these papers follow online method of conducting written examination. The structure of the exam is as follow:

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE is an online exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round.


Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 20 minutes for each section. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and the passing marks is decided by IBPS that is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern- Prelims

  • The Prelims exam will have a total of 100, each question carrying 1 mark.
  • This exam has 3 main sections viz. English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability.
  • As for the marking scheme, +1 mark will be awarded for a correct response and -1 will be deducted for an incorrect response.
  • Here is the section-wise weightage in IBPS Clerk Prelims:

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 Composite time of 1 Hour

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Phase-2: IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

Major changes have been observed in the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk 2019 Exam. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that needs to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes.

Previously, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section used to be conducted separately. But, in the recent update by IBPS, both these sections are amalgamated together and will constitute of 50 questions that needs to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes. Both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam will be conducted bilingually, i.e. both in English and in Hindi. Let’s have a look at the Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VIII.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern- Mains

  • The Mains exam will have a total of 200, each question carrying 1 mark.
  • This exam has 5 main sections viz. Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness & Computer Knowledge.
  • The marking scheme in IBPS Clerk Mains varies section-wise.
  • Here is the section-wise weightage in IBPS Clerk Mains:

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes
Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in both preliminary examination as well as mains examination. A wrong answer to an objective question will lead to a penalty of one-fourth of the total mark assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for the question left blank or unanswered.

Final Score Calculation for IBPS Clerk Exam:

The final score for the IBPS Clerk exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:

• Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered for final selection.

• Candidates must qualify Phase-2 to be eligible for final merit.

• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.

IBPS Clerk 2019 Syllabus

The major three sections of the preliminary examination are Reasoning, English Language and Numerical Ability. Each of these sections has multiple subheadings to focus on when preparing for IBPS Clerk CWE.

The syllabus for Numerical Ability / Quantitative Aptitude and English Language is same for mains and preliminary exam. In addition to these two the other subjects are General / Financial Awareness and Reasoning & Computer Knowledge. The General Awareness is based on the Banking Sector awareness.

IBPS Clerk 2019 Exam Syllabus (Pre+Mains)

English Language Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability Computer General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzle and Arrangements History and Generation of Computers Banking and Insurance Awareness
Cloze Test Simplification/ Approximation Inequality Introduction to Computer Organisation Financial Awareness
Fillers Quadratic Equations Syllogism Computer Hardware and I/O Devices Govt. Schemes and Policies
Spotting Errors Data Interpretation Coding - Decoding Computer Languages, Basics of DBMS Current Affairs
Sentence Improvement Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Operating System, Internet Static Awareness
Fill in the Blanks Miscellaneous Direction sense Computer Network & Security  
    Order and Ranking MS Office Suit and Short cut keys  
      Computer Memory, Computer Software  
      Number System and Conversions  

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for English Language

  • English Language is the common section in both- Prelims and Mains.
  • It basically tests a candidate’s hold on this language and how error-free is his writing style.
  • In IBPS Clerk CWE-VII Prelims, there will be 30 questions from this section. For Mains, this section will account for 40 questions.
  • IBPS Clerk syllabus for English language can be divided into 3 broad categories mentioned below:
Topic Syllabus content
English Vocabulary Analogies, Spelling mistakes, Synonyms, Antonyms
English proficiency Sentence improvement, Idioms and Phrases, Sentence formation, Sentence reconstruction, Sentence Improvement, One-word substitutions
Rearrangements Fill in the blanks, Cloze tests, Paragraph formation, Rearrangement of words in sentence, Rearrangement of sentence in paragraph, Paragraph completion
English usage Spotting errors, Sentence correction, Grammar errors, English comprehension, Inappropriate usage of words

Important Topics

The question in this section will be asked majorly from the following topics:

Topic No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze test 5
Error spotting 5
Para jumbles 5
Phrase replacement 5
  • Reading Comprehension: This section is highly scoring and the questions asked are usually easy. In this section, high accuracy is possible. Sometimes, questions can be tricky and time-consuming but it depends on the nature of reading comprehension and questions.
  • Synonyms & Antonyms: In this, much marks can be fetched. Candidates should be attentive and careful while marking the answers because it has medium accuracy.
  • Completion of sentence: In this, the questions can be tricky and time-consuming.
  • Cloze test, Error spotting and Para jumbles: The questions on these are time-consuming and tricky in nature. In solving these questions, the time taken and accuracy are usually correlated.

IBPS Clerk Preparation Books for English Language

Book Name Publisher/ Writer
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha
IBPS-VI Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination Success Master Experts Compilation
Target IBPS Bank Clerk Preliminary & Mains Disha Experts

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

  • The syllabus for this section has basic mathematics taught from class 1st to 10th standards.
  • This section is part of IBPS Clerk Mains only and accounts for 50 questions.
  • Questions in this section are scoring and less time-consuming, while some of the questions might take time and tricky too. Candidates should not lose focus while solving these questions.
  • Questions are mainly from the following topics mentioned below:
Topic Syllabus content
Elementary Mathematics Square roots, Cube roots, Number systems, Fractions and decimals, Simplification, Variation, Ratio & proportion, Average, Ages, Mixture & allegation, Races and games, Problems on trains, Work & wages, Time, distance & speed
Commercial mathematics Discounts, Partnership, Probability, Data interpretation, Profit & loss, Simple & compound interest
Mensuration Volume & surface area solid, Area & perimeter of a plane figure

IBPS Clerk Preparation Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Book Name Publisher/ Writer
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Advance Maths for General Competitions Rakesh Yadav

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Reasoning

  • The Reasoning section is relatively time-consuming. It requires a lot of practice and proper time management strategies.
  • The difficulty level of questions ranges from easy to medium level.  
  • This section comprises of questions on conclusions and judgements.
  • This section is further divided into 2 parts i.e. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Check IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Reasoning below:
Topic Syllabus content
Verbal reasoning Input-output, Linear arrangement, Scheduling, Double line-up, Coding – decoding, Series test, Symbol & Notations, Blood relations, Data sufficiency, Alphabet test, Syllogism, Statements and assumptions, Statements & conclusions, Statements arguments
Non-verbal Test Classification, Analogy, Series, Problems based on symmetry and visual ability

IBPS Clerk Preparation Books for​ Reasoning

Book Name Publisher/ Writer
A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
General intelligence/ test of reasoning S. Thorpe
Analytical reasoning M.K. Pandey

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for General Awareness

  • General Awareness and Computer Knowledge sections are part of IBPS Clerk Mains Examination.
  • As such, there is no specific IBPS Clerk syllabus for this section.
  • It can be well prepared by reading newspapers for current affairs and banking related news on a daily basis.
  • IBPS Clerk Syllabus for GK broadly covers the following topics:
IBPS Clerk Syllabus for General Knowledge
Books and Authors Countries- their capitals & currencies
Famous places Dances
Prizes & awards World organizations
General banking & financial topics International economy
Environment, sanctuaries, and disasters First largest, longest, etc.
Fiscal & monetary policies Social functions of banks

IBPS Clerk Preparation Books for General Knowledge

Book Name Publisher/ Writer
Objective- IBPS General Awareness book Manohar Pandey
General Knowledge & Current Affairs Level 1 & 2 with Current Update for Bank Clerk Disha Publication
  • Objective- IBPS General Awareness book- by Manohar Pandey
  • General Knowledge & Current Affairs Level 1 & 2 with Current Update for Bank Clerk- by Disha Publication

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

  • This section is comparatively easy to prepare.
  • It will test a candidate’s basic computer knowledge skills, that are taught at school-level.
  • Following topics are covered in IBPS Clerk Syllabus:
IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Computer Knowledge
Types of computers Computer network
Internet Computer hardware & software
Computer languages History of computer & its recent developments
Recent inventions in related technology Names & innovations

Operating and DOS

Security Aspects for PC

IBPS Clerk Preparation Books for Computer Knowledge

Book Name Publisher/ Writer
Objective Computer Awareness R Pillai
Computer Rani Ahilya
Objective question Bank of computer awareness for general competitions Arihant Experts

IBPS Clerk Practice Papers

The sample papers for IBPS Clerk will help give a fair idea about how the actual exam can be expected to be. All candidates appearing for IBPS Clerk, must practiceSome Practice Paper Before giving the Exam So,That U do Not Get Surprised in the Actual Exam it Will Help u So Much. 

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